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New Releases From Lois Deloatch, Randy Napoleon, Kersten Stevens, Mike LeDonne, Hilary Gardner, Womens History Month & More

Read "New Releases From Lois Deloatch, Randy Napoleon, Kersten Stevens, Mike LeDonne, Hilary Gardner, Womens History Month & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy Womens History Month! This broadcast includes new releases from Lois Deloatch, Randy Napoleon, Kersten Stevens, Mike LeDonne and Hilary Gardner plus birthday shoutouts to Sara Caswell, Claire Daly, Dexter Gordon, Roseanna Vitro and Sara Gazarek, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and online. Purchase their music so they can continue to distract, comfort, provoke and inspire.Playlist Lynne Arriale Trio “Joy" from Being Human (Challenge) 00:00 Sarah Vaughan, ...

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Claire Daly: VuVu for Frances

Read "VuVu for Frances" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Claire Daly, whose gruff yet eloquent baritone sax has brightened the New York scene for almost four decades, reunites with acclaimed tenor saxophonist George Garzone on Daly's seventh album as leader, VuVu for Frances, whose honoree is Frances Ballantyne, described by Daly as “a profound influence on [her] life" and “a consummate New Yorker." Daly and Garzone last recorded together in 1999, on Garzione's Moodiology (NYC), and Father Time hasn't caused either of them to lose so much as a ...

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Claire Daly (with George Garzone): VuVu for Frances

Read "VuVu for Frances" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Working jazz musicians have long been accustomed to the necessity of playing just about anything, in any setting, and Claire Daly is no exception. The intrepid baritone saxophonist has recorded tributes to Thelonious Monk and Rahsaan Roland Kirk and, in 2016, she even offered a distinctive take on Motown classics with 2468 West Grand Boulevard (Glass Beach Jazz). With the enviable versatility on her formidable horn which has brought her consistent acclaim, she now turns to more conventional jazz fare, ...

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Billy Valentine: Billy Valentine And The Universal Truth

Read "Billy Valentine And The Universal Truth" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo quarant'anni d'assenza dal mercato, l'etichetta Flying Dutchman torna con una produzione intensa e avvincente, che ci riporta ai suoi anni migliori. Protagonista è Billy Valentine, soul singer degli anni settanta tornato alla ribalta cinque anni fa (col sorprendente quanto ignorato Brit Eyed Soul) e qui accompagnato da formazioni che includono Jeff Parker, Joel Ross, Immanuel Wilkins, Pino Palladino, Theo Croker, Larry Goldings, Linda May Han Oh, e altri nomi di primo piano. Bob ...

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Claire Daly: Rah! Rah!

Read "Rah! Rah!" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

If you could thank your muse, to whom would you write and how? Baritone saxophonist Clare Daly recorded Rah! Rah! to thank the legendary Rahsaan Roland Kirk, an iconic multi- instrumentalist who seemed equal parts man and myth even while he was still alive. Kirk loved to stretch out cover versions as if they were his own tunes, which Daly honors by not only including “I'll Be Seeing You" but by playing and singing on “Alfie." She honors ...

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Peter DiCarlo: Onward

Read "Onward" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

On his debut record, New York-based alto saxophonist Peter DiCarlo establishes himself as a serious straight-ahead composer who skillfully combines an elegant alto tone with intricate reed and horn arrangements that are propelled forward by a swinging rhythm section. Dominated by a majority of self-penned hard and post-bop scores, Onward—in accordance with its title—pushes last century's idioms into this one, exploring new and exciting territory that neither defies tradition, nor resists its modern environment. Swing is affirmed in ...

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Peter DiCarlo: Onward

Read "Onward" reviewed by Jack Bowers

New York City-based alto saxophonist Peter DiCarlo makes a lot of winning moves on his debut album, Onward, and a couple that seem more puzzling than perceptive. More about them later. First, it should be noted that DiCarlo is a virtuosic player with a burnished sound and enough improvisational ammunition in his arsenal to guide him safely through any encounter, no matter how unforeseen or perilous. He is also a splendid writer whose five original compositions here serve to enhance ...


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